Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 demonstrator has completed a fully unmanned autonomous flight at Istres Air Base in the south of France. Its purpose was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for the future of unmanned aviation in France. During the 30min exercise the demonstrator successfully executed a variety of flight patterns before landing in an autonomous mode. The aircraft was piloted and monitored from a ground station located at the base.

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